Adam Rippon, the openly gay figure skater who helped the United States win a bronze medal in team competition and became one of the biggest breakout stars of the Pyeongchang Olympics, has gotten his first big break before the Winter Games have even concluded.
Rippon, a darling of the competition for saying things that have been at turns smart, creative, and refreshing for viewers, has been hired by NBC as a correspondent for the rest of the games. NBC confirmed the news, first reported by USA Today, with Rippon expected to work on TV as well as the digital and social media platforms.
Hiring Rippon is not without controversy, though. The Scranton area native is at odds with Vice President Mike Pence over gay rights and has said he will not go with the U.S. team to visit President Trump if invited to the White House.